Calling All Super Sleuths: Get a Clue Camp

2 08 2011

The more you have it, the less you see. What is it?

Read this post to find out!

This week, the Museum is holding a Get A Clue camp. During the week kids get the chance to be a real gumshoe by learning about the mystery behind science and science behind the mystery. They have opportunities to explore optical illusions, learn problem solving skills by cracking codes, and even get to solve a real mystery!

Get A Clue campers navigate a "Laser" Alarm System to reach a vital clue!

Have you ever heard of a man named Sherlock Holmes? He is a fictional character famous for his sleuthing and detective skills. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is the author of four novels and fifty-six short stories about Holmes and his partner Dr. John Watson. They solved many mysteries together even when given only a small amount of clues. If you’d like to learn more about Sherlock Holmes, click here!

Keep reading this post to discover a list of detective supplies and to find the answer to the riddle!

It’s fun being curious and figuring out mysteries. To be a detective you’ll need:

  • a magnifying glass
  • a pad of paper (to write clues or suspects in)
  • a sleuth kit (to store all your tools)
  • a camera
  • a pen
  • a measuring tape

The steps to be a good detective you need:

  1. Be yourself. You’ll want to blend into a crowd.
  2. Carry a camera. There is always something interesting to see and maybe you’ll need to remember what you see.
  3. Have an eye for detail. Observe your surroundings; you never know what you’ll spot.
  4. Learn to read people’s faces. Watch body language and see if it matches what they say.
  5. Practice asking questions. You’ll need information from people and don’t want to make them uncomfortable while doing so.
  6. Keep notes of what you find.
  7. Never jump to conclusions.
  8. Be suspicious.
  9. Be careful. Don’t put yourself in danger.

If you follow steps like these and practice your problem solving skills, you may discover your detective abilities. You may even find the answer to a real mystery such as what really happened to your mom’s car keys.

Tell us about being a detective and what you have learned!

(The answer to the riddle above is: darkness)


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